Fairy Tale: A True StoryDirector: Charles Sturridge
Two young girls who believe that fairies are real attempt to prove it to the world in this drama based on actual events. In 1917, there is little to be happy about in the Wright household in West Yorkshire, England. Polly (Phoebe Nicholls) and her 12-year-old daughter Elsie (Florence Hoath) are still grieving over the death of Elsie's younger brother, and Polly's niece Frances (Elizabeth Earl) has come to stay with them after her father was declared missing in action during World War I. Polly longs for some sort of proof that there is a life beyond our own, while the two girls ardently believe in fairies and enthusiastically study legend and lore. One day, Elsie and Frances produce photographs of fairies that they claim were playing in their garden; Polly believes that they are real, and soon the snapshots attract international attention. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter O'Toole), author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and a confirmed spiritualist, declares the photos "as genuine as the King's beard," while illusionist Harry Houdini (Harvey Keitel), who has devoted much time and energy to exposing phony mediums and psychics, takes a more skeptical view. While Fairy Tale: A True Story presents the appearance of the fairies as fact, analysis of the photographs proved them to be fakes (especially after the same fairies were discovered as illustrations in a children's book published before the photos were taken). The real-life Elsie Wright admitted late in life that the fairy photos were a hoax performed as a "little joke" and that she was always surprised that so many people believed them.
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Cast & Crew
|Florence Hoath||Elsie Wright|
|Elizabeth Earl||Frances Griffiths|
|Paul McGann||Arthur Wright|
|Phoebe Nicholls||Polly Wright|
|Peter O'Toole||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Harvey Keitel||Harry Houdini|
|Bill Nighy||E.L. Gardner|
|Bob Peck||Harry Briggs|
|Tim McInnerny||John Ferret|
|Mel Gibson||Frances' Father|
|Albert Ash||Co-producer,Original Story|
|Ernie Contreras||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Micky Finch||Asst. Director|
|Michael Howells||Production Designer|
|Margaret French Isaac||Associate Producer|
|Tom McLoughlin||Co-producer,Original Story|
|John Midgley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Zbigniew Preisner||Score Composer|
|Shirley Russell||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Paul Tucker||Executive Producer|
|Tim Webber||Special Effects Supervisor|
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I love this movie i have seen it so many times I whole haertedly recamend this to any onw who has every belvied in Faries
This movie brought magic back into our home. My husband loved the historical accuracy of the Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle characters... while the rest of the family was amazed by the magic and possibilities of truth this movie presented.
My younger sister and I saw this in the theater when it first came out and loved it! Wish it came in blu-ray. Anyone who likes the idea of fairies will love the "true" aspect of it and its involvement of Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the tale's investigation at the time. Great viewing for kids and adults!
Fairytale is my favorite movie of all time. Any one who believes or once believed in the fae will be touched by the beauty of this true tale.
This movie is great - if you have a little girl BUY IT!!! A little slow at times for the little ones but a must have movie!